Arts Calendar

Feb. 3 - Apr. 14
Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday noon-8 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum presents Bernini: Sculpting in Clay
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX

Ticket Price: $16 adults $14 students/seniors
Many of the models in Bernini: Sculpting in Clay will be what art historians call bozzetti, from the Italian word abbozzare, to sketch. During the preliminary stages of realizing a design, Bernini used clay to do just that: sketch out his ideas. His bozzetti are very loosely worked and demonstrate the amazing coordination of his hands and mind, which always seems to have been racing. Once Bernini had achieved a design he liked, he usually made a larger, more finished model called a modello. He might show this to a patron or give it to an assistant to use as a guide while carving the much larger marble. His modelli are sumptuous works of sculpture, incorporating a range of textures and a wealth of details. The heart of the exhibition will be the 15 terracottas by Bernini from the Harvard Art Museums, the largest and most important collection of Bernini terracottas in the world, a collection that has never before been lent. Almost all the other models that can be confidently attributed to Bernini--about 20 more--will join the group from Harvard, as many as have ever been assembled in one place during modern times. The Musée du Louvre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bode Museum in Berlin, the Vatican Museums, and public and private collections in Europe and the United States will send their prized works to this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. From the Kimbell's collection will come three masterworks, including the stupendous Moor, the largest and most highly finished model in Bernini's oeuvre. In order to give full scope to Bernini's preparatory process, the exhibition will also include almost 30 of the artist's drawings. These will be displayed near related models to demonstrate that, when preparing for his sculptures, Bernini moved freely between media: many of his ideas originated on paper and were expanded in clay. One of the more beautiful sheets to appear in the exhibition will be a drawing in black chalk from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles that was preparatory for a fountain that Bernini designed for a palace outside Modena, Italy. For information: 817.332.8451 or







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